Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Ipswich were another side we discussed in the stat update on Friday and they also came good at the weekend, with a 2-1 away win at Loftus Road, against freefalling QPR. It was more of the same for Roy Keane's men, who enjoyed the bulk of possession and the greater number of goalscoring chances, including ten attempts on target.

That game was the first of four consecutive road games for Town and although the win has given them the minimal gap over the bottom three, they will not want to undo the good work at basement club Peterborough this evening, especially ahead of more difficult trips to Sheffield Wednesday and Scunthorpe. Infact, sitting ten points off the top six, a run of victories for the draw specialists, would have them looking up the table and not over their shoulder. Famous last words of course, but Town look far too good to remain at this end of the table for too long and a mid table finish is the minimum the Portman Road faithful should be looking at come May.

The home side have tightened up defensively, but are still without a cleansheet in twelve starts, infact, since a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture, a result due entirely to the heroics of keeper Joe Lewis, who was in inspired form that afternoon. A repeat result will not help his team too much tonight, with Posh sitting 12 points adrift of Ipswich and safety, having played two games more. Only three points will suffice and they will have to take chances to get them, which is going to open things up for the better footballing visitors. The problem is further compounded for the hosts, as whilst they are conceding fewer, the goals have completely dried up at the other end of the pitch and in 474 minutes of football, they have only managed a single goal and that came against the aforementioned and (currently) hapless Rangers.

All is not right at Boro, either on or off the pitch, several players are looking to get away asap and they do not look to have the stomach for a prolonged and probably fruitless relegation scrap, I have to side with Town.

Ipswich -1/4 ball asian line .

Good Luck.

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